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I received these artist’s impressions of the proposed new slim tower behind the Royal George hotel in East Fremantle from developers Saracen Properties.

The developers plan to fully renovate the beautiful heritage listed Royal George for tourist accommodation, a gin distillery, bar, restaurants, etc.

They also want to build a 15 storey elliptical spike set on a four storey podium along Duke Street, and create a community square between the former Brush Factory building and the Royal George.

The architect for the project is highly-regarded Michael Patroni of the Fremantle spaceagency.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on April 19, 2017



The disgraceful neglect of the beautiful historic Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle continues, which is unacceptable.

Every now and then we get to hear that a developer is taking over the building, but then nothing happens and the graffiti and neglect goes on.

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk was very outspoken when she was in opposition, so now that she is a Cabinet Minister she has to talk to her colleagues and do something about the unacceptable eyesore urgently.

Next to the old hotel the former Lauder&Howard building is being developed respectfully, so it’s time to walk the talk Labor government!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, heritage by freoview on May 8, 2015


There is now the opportunity to sign the petition on-line to demand better care for the Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle, so please do sign it and put pressure on State Government and the National Trust to stop the neglect of the building:

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, heritage by freoview on February 11, 2015

One has to question the commitment to heritage preservation at all levels of government in Australia when one looks at the disgraceful state of neglect of three Fremantle sites.

The Department of Defence announced last year they would start renovating the Married Quarters cottages at Cantonment Hill in November but nothing is happening there and the place is an eyesore as an entry statement to our city.

Not far from there the National Trust has custody over the Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle and we were told last year that they had a tenant and the place would become office accommodation. Nothing is happening there either, as these photos that I took on Tuesday morning show.

Premier Colin Barnett made a big media announcement sometime late September last year about the State setting up a heritage fund and he promised the first properties that would be restored were the Warders Cottages next to the Fremantle Markets, but there are no tradies within a cooee of the place.

We keep getting promises but the status quo of utter neglect remains and that is not acceptable! It is not acceptable that Fremantle looks uncared for because government departments neglect their duty of care on our important heritage buildings. Promises are not good enough and the Freo community wants to see action now!

Roel Loopers

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